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UPPER DELAWARE VALLEY — According to many experts Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, is a feast which became a Christian festival, but may have started as a Celtic festival. It is said to have been specifically influenced by the Gaelic Samhain, a festival to mark beginning of the darker half of the year, and the end of the harvest.

Other experts believe that it was not influenced by these pagan rituals and was strictly a Christian festival.

Hawley solicitor says Herzog is a resident

“Yes, indeed Elaine Herzog is a resident,” Robert Bernathy, solicitor for the Borough of Hawley said during the council meeting on January 11.

“We are not obligated to fill a vacated seat to the candidate who received the next highest vote. We are following the law which falls under Section 901 of the Borough Code,” Bernathy said.  Read more

Catskill Citizens mails 10,300 letters, DEC receives more than 40,000 in total

January 11 was the last day letters to the DEC could be postmarked and still be considered by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed new gas drilling rules. On that day, Bruce Ferguson, a member of Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy, along with members Carolyn Duke, Jill Wiener, Ann Finneran, Laurie McFadden and Roy Tedoff delivered boxes stuffed with about 10,300 letters to the US Post Office In Callicoon Center.  Read more

Hinchey urges withdrawal of dSGEIS

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to withdraw the revised draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) on high-volume horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale.  Read more

Reward offered for return of Torah

MONTICELLO, NY — The Landfield Avenue Synagogue has put out a reward for the return of a valuable Torah scroll that was stolen from it on December 31. The scroll was obtained in 1997, using funds raised by the congregation over the course of a year, to replace a 100-year-old Torah in battered condition. It was hand-written by a special scribe known as a sefer with the tip of a goose feather, and its estimated worth is $35,000.  Read more

Chef Ramsay to visit River Rock for reality TV show

MILFORD, PA — Chef Gordon Ramsey will be visiting Milford’s River Rock Inn (formerly the Laurel Villa) from January 16 through 20 to make an episode of his new hotel makeover show, “Hotel Hell.”
In the new reality TV show, to be aired on Fox, Ramsay will tour the country to perform makeovers of hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, similar to his restaurant makeovers on “Kitchen Nightmares.”  Read more

Wayne election board sends dispute to court;losing candidate in Hawley says he should fill seat

Hawley Borough Council candidate Orlando Marrero, who was on the losing side in the November elections, now says that he should take the place falsely won by Elaine Herzog.  Read more

Tax consultant slams Bethel assessor; charges bias against weekenders, Jewish property owners

Tax consultant David Allen made an appearance at the Bethel Town Board meeting on January 4 to try to talk the board into settling some tax assessment disputes. That was not successful, but in an interview after the meeting, Allen lodged a couple of serious allegations against tax assessor Marge Brown and the Board of Assessment Review.  Read more

Pike gets two DCNR open-space grants

The Pike County Planning Department ended 2011 with a couple of open space grants, turning over two large tracts of land that otherwise would probably come under the development bulldozer.  Read more

EPA adopts new mercury rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After persistent resistance from the coal industry for the past 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 22, issued new standards limiting the emission of mercury and other toxic substances from coal-burning power plants.  Read more

Tusten board fills vacancy;Reynosa installed until end of year

At a meeting of the town board that was relatively free of the strife that has characterized the meetings of the past couple of years, the Tusten Town Board filled the vacancy that was created by the resignation of Carol Wingert, who won the election in November to become town supervisor.  Read more

UDC: new members and a spirit of cooperation for 2012

New faces were at the helm and around the table as the Upper Delaware Council (UDC) kicked off the new year at its January 5 meeting. After acknowledging the new representatives, retiring UDC chairman Larry Richardson handed over the gavel to Town of Lumberland representative Nadia Rajsz, who will serve as chairman for 2012.  Read more

Battle of the small school districts; Roscoe accuses Livingston Manor of issuing ultimatum

The presentation slide on the big screen could not have been more clear: “The Roscoe Central School (RCS) Board wanted this community to know that the Livingston Manor Central School (LMCS) Board has delivered RCS somewhat of an ultimatum. Either RCS agrees to move forward with a merger study or LMCS may no longer be interested in sharing sports with RCS.”  Read more

Garage fire in the flats

Firefighters from six companies responded to a fire in the flats on the morning of January 9. Smoke billowed out of a large hole in the roof of the structure as firefighters worked to make the building safe enough to inspect.  Read more

LaBuda installs officials in Highland

The Town of Highland conducted its oath of office ceremony on January 3 at the town hall in Eldred. Pictured from left are councilman Frederick Bosch, councilman and deputy supervisor James Gutekunst, Judge Frank LaBuda, highway superintendent Tom Ebers and superintendent Andrew Boyar.

New businesses opening in Honesdale; tough times don’t stop them

Business is booming. It must be, because five new businesses opened in Honesdale since the summer. One would think since the county and the nation are in the midst of one of the most persistent recession since the 1930s, it would be the worst time to launch a new business venture. Not so, says the majority of the new business owners.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month: October, November, December

OCTOBER 2011

Pinchot Institute for Conservation awards $175,000 in Common Waters Fund grants to two dozen regional landowners to implement practices that protect water quality.  Read more

2011 Milestones by the Month, July, August, September

JULY 2011
NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) releases updates to draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (dSGEIS) regarding gas drilling.

Multi-municipal task force unveils proposed road use agreement for seven Sullivan County towns to protect road integrity against heavy industrial uses.

EPA announces fracking study targeting Northeast PA.
Honesdale Council approves CVS pharmacy project in former DSFI building at Lower Main and Fourth Streets.  Read more

Rando dropped as Shohola UDC rep

At their organizational meeting, the Shohola Township supervisors approved the appointment of Patricia Jeffers, a woman owning 300 acres along the river in Shohola, as the township’s Upper Delaware Council (UDC) representative, in place of Scott Rando, who has represented the township on the UDC council for four years.  Read more

DiNapoli urges caution on gas drilling

ALBANY, NY — In comments submitted on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on gas drilling, Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has urged the state to adopt his proposal to create a Natural Gas Damage Recovery Fund. DiNapoli first proposed the fund in August.  Read more

Microenterprise grants available

Sullivan County has initiated a Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) will provide grants of between $5,000 and $35,000 for small businesses with five or fewer employees. The program is a collaboration between the Sullivan County Division of Planning, the Center for Workforce Development, Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and Liberty Community Development Corporation.  Read more